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‘One Health’ keeps humans one step ahead of the microbes - THE CONVERSATION... - Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘One Health’ keeps humans one step ahead of the microbes

December 12, 2018


 For a healthy planet, the health of all living creatures is equally important. One Health is a fairly new concept that prioritizes an interdisciplinary approach in science — to preserve the health of animals, humans and the environment. It is an approach that can be extended to any problem.

The history of One Health can be traced to the term “One Medicine,” coined by veterinary epidemiologist Calvin Schwabe and the later 12 Manhattan Principles, published by the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2004. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a website listing several One Health projects and several other organisations now operate on similar principles — such as the One Health Commission, One Health initiative and One Health platform.

This approach is important now because 75 per cent of emerging infectious diseases in humans have an animal origin. As our human population expands, deforestation and climate change will increase the potential for transfer of microorganisms from wildlife to humans and vice versa.

In this article, we have used two examples to explain the principles of One Health. We highlight how they enable us to tackle emerging problems that require solutions at the human-animal-environment interface. ...

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Medical students taking action on AMR - International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations: - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Similar action by medical students needed worldwide!

Medical students taking action on AMR
Another successful initiative aimed to raise the awareness and promote One Health was launched by the World Health Students' Alliance. Together ...

“... Blanca Paniello and Vicky Kastner International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is threatening the effectiveness of our medications minute by minute. The European Commission states that approximately 33,000 deaths per year in Europe are due to AMR. This situation is set to worsen, reaching an estimated number of 10 million deaths worldwide in 2050 compared to 8.2 million deaths from cancer. Do we need more evidence? No! what’ is needed now is action to tackle this unsustainable crisis. This crucial goal can only be achieved if we consider the One Health concept, as a holistic approach underlying all other policies to tackle drug-resistant infections.

As the medical professionals of the future, we medical students must reinvent and enhance what is already established as we will face the consequences if nothing is done to tackle AMR now.  One way to contribute to AMR control is to raise awareness, spread the word and educate people about this topic. ...”

One Health Series: The Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance - Friday, December 07, 2018


One Health Series: The Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

National Institute For Animal Agriculture

December 5, 2018 12:37 PM


One Health Series: The Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

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In 2001, *Dr. Laura Kahn was a student at Princeton University, pursuing a master's degree in public policy. Then, Sept. 11 changed her career.

One Health — The Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Princeton author says it’s time for physicians and veterinarians to join forces. ( National Institute for Animal Agriculture )


*Dr. Kahn is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH

Press Release December 4, 2018: Dentists, Doctors [physicians] and Veterinarians call for the implementation of a One Health culture in undergraduate education - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

    Federation of Veterinarians of Europe 

PRESS RELEASE Bruxelles, 5 December 2018 

Dentists, Doctors and Veterinarians call for the implementation of a One Health culture in undergraduate education

Today at the conference ‘Implementation of One Health in undergraduate education’ in Paris, academics, practitioners and...

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“The professional and student organisations representing medical doctors, the dentists and the veterinarians of Europe call on academics and policymakers at national and European level to foster exchanges between medical, dental and veterinary schools under the One Health1 approach.


The organisations recognise education as the cornerstone to build their common One Health competences. The organisations believe that a true understanding of One Health requires an interdisciplinary approach. The integrated education of all future health professionals is fundamental for tackling current and future health challenges for our society.

Today, the conference ‘Implementation of One Health in undergraduate education’ is held in Paris and brings together academics, practitioners and students to exchange views on the concept of One Health. The debate identifies challenges and looks into best practices on how to facilitate interdisciplinary education for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Council of European Dentists, the European Dental Students’ Association, the Standing Committee of European Doctors, the European Medical Students Association, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and the International Veterinary Students’ Association remain committed partners for future actions to be undertaken towards the implementation of the One Health approach in education and practice.

Outcomes of today’s discussion will be shared after the meeting. ...”

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One Goal - One Health...International Veterinary Student Association - Tuesday, December 04, 2018

One Goal - One Health




Published on Dec 3, 2018

This video explains the general concept of One Health and how it all started.



Notable One Health activity this past year, 2018...DUKE One Health Team Newsletter - Saturday, December 01, 2018

Notable One Health activity this past year...


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Confronting Emerging Zoonoses - The One Health Paradigm (2014) - Friday, November 30, 2018

A pertinent One Health issue continuing and increasingly critical to address ASAP...

Confronting Emerging Zoonoses, The One Health Paradigm (2014)

Editors: Yamada, A., Kahn, L.H., Kaplan, B., Monath, Th.P., Woodall, J., Conti, L. (Eds.)

European Commission - Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on the new legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMP) and Medicated Feed - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Questions and Answers on the new legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMP) and ...


They reflect the priorities laid down in the European One Health action plan against AMR adopted in June 2017 by the European Commission, which ...

"What has been adopted today?

After 4 years of negotiations, the Regulations adopted by the Council today, following a positive vote in the European Parliament on 25 October, will strengthen the EU action in fighting antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is a global threat to public health.

They reflect the priorities laid down in the European One Health action plan against AMR adopted in June 2017 by the European Commission, which pursues the "One Health" approach (recognising the interconnection between human health, animal health and the environment). ..."

US National Academies' One Health Action Collaborative: Please Participate in One Health Workers' Survey - Monday, November 19, 2018

Message for general newsletters or social media postings

Members of the National Academies’ One Health Action Collaborative (OHAC)* are conducting an anonymous online survey about One Health workers. OHAC invites individuals who have studied or conducted work in the One Health arena to participate in the survey. The responses will shed light on the usefulness and benefits of a One Health education and the potentially unique challenges that One Health workers face.

The survey will take approximately 5 to 12 minutes to complete, depending on the participant’s background and experience. Findings of this survey will be discussed and share with the public through a manuscript authored by individuals of OHAC, which will offer recommendations on strengthening the One Health workforce. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the investigator (

*The One Health Action Collaborative is an ad hoc activity associated with the Forum on Microbial Threats at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It brings together a community of experts who are interested in contributing to a detailed ongoing exploration and information sharing related to One Health topics and accelerating the implementation of a One Health approach in the field. The work of OHAC does not necessarily represent the views of any one organization, the Forum, or the National Academies and is not subjected to the review procedures of, nor are they a report or product of, the National Academies.

World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe: "Of all human diseases, 60% originate in animals – “One Health” is the only way to keep antibiotics working" - November 12, 2018 - Monday, November 12, 2018

World Health Organization

Regional Office for Europe


Of all human diseases, 60% originate in animals – “One Health” is the only way to keep antibiotics working

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November 12, 2018

SEE: Video statement by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark for World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 2018

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to global health. As a result of infection with drug-resistant bacteria an estimated 700 000 people die each year worldwide. A total of around 33 000 die annually in the European Union and European Economic Area, and this number is increasing all the time.

Many of the same microbes (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) affect both animals and humans via the environment they share and 60% of all human diseases originate in animals. This means that when microbes develop drug resistance in animals, they can easily go on to affect humans, making it difficult to treat diseases and infections.

“Human, animal and environment health are all equally responsible for the correct use of antimicrobials and to avert the threat of antimicrobial resistance,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “As we strive to ensure that antibiotics are rightly used in the community and in health-care settings, one sector alone will not solve the problem. A ‘One Health’ approach brings together professionals in human, animal, food and environment health as one force, and as such is the only way to keep antibiotics working. I call on all European countries to secure the highest commitment to this approach from the whole of society and the whole of government.”

“With 33 000 deaths each year as a consequence of an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics and €1 billion in annual health-care expenditure, we need to ensure that antibiotics are used prudently and that infection prevention measures are in place in all settings across Europe,” stated Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). She added, “Since the rates of antibiotic resistance and the rates of antibiotic consumption as well as infection prevention practices vary from country to country, it is essential to tailor strategies to address specific needs. ECDC calls for continued action at all levels”.

This year, the WHO European Region will mark the 4th annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 12–18 November, by committing to closer collaboration across sectors to protect human, animal and environment health, in the spirit of One Health.

One voice for One Health

For World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018, WHO/Europe is joining forces with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Sub-Regional Representation for Central Asia to urge governments to adopt or strengthen their use of the One Health approach.

The situation is urgent for a number of reasons:

  • Antimicrobials are widely used in livestock production, sometimes to promote growth and sometimes to prevent infection, rather than treating the animal. This overuse of antimicrobials can lead to more drug resistance among microbes.

  • The same classes of antimicrobials are often used in both humans and food-producing animals.

  • The food chain is an important route for transmission of disease and requires close monitoring and coordination to prevent its spread.

    All this indicates that no single sector has the capacity to solve the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance alone, but collective action can help the world make progress. The One Health approach means coordinating action across sectors – such as public health, veterinary and environment health – to achieve the best possible health outcomes for all species. It means recognizing that resistant microbes know no borders – they can easily cross from humans to animals and spread from one geographic location to another.

    One effective way of protecting human health is by reducing the chances of resistance developing among microbes in animals. Many governments are phasing out the use of antibiotics as a growth promoter and preventive measure in livestock, and now only use antimicrobials in healthy animals in very exceptional circumstances. Countries that have not already done so are urged to take steps to ensure that the drugs on the reserved lists of essential antibiotics, those which are of the greatest importance to human and veterinary health, are used only when absolutely necessary. This helps prevent antimicrobial resistance from forming and keeps antibiotics working, for humans and animals alike.

    Statement – World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018: There is only One Health!

    Statement from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Sub-Regional Representation for Central Asia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

    Antimicrobial resistance in the European Region

    Antimicrobial resistance globally

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

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